News came today that Solera, the downtown Spanish tapas restaurant that has been around for more than 10 years, was closed as of today.
Following is an email that I was forwarded from an employee:
Solera was created by Tim McKee and Josh Thoma years ago when Spanish cuisine held the limelight in cutting edge cuisine. The triple level space with a cool rooftop won many awards and helped bring octopus into our eating lexicon. Later, when the McKee/Thoma partnership ended, the restaurant was sold to Lee Lynch (founder of neighboring Carmichael Lynch) and partners in 2010. Former chef Jorge Guzman, who last helmed the kitchen before departing to lead the spectacular that is the Surly Brewing Complex, tweeted out his sentiments on the closing.
Though no one has directly replied to my calls or emails, a press release was just sent that said that the building owners are looking at other tenants for the space with a more accessible concept. They believe that the Spanish concept was too much of a niche for the current dining landscape.
I get it, traditional tapas aren't as hot anymore, and nostalgia for a great time had in the past doesn't generate enough visits. Also, there are so many more dining seats in the downtown area than there were 10 years ago, so you have to stay fresh or get fed to birds. So for those who loved the space, it looks like it won’t be dark long.